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Hard Drive Failure

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#1 mikey11


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Posted 27 January 2015 - 06:12 PM

i have a suspected hard drive issue with a windows xp system,


the system has alot of files and documents and programs that i need, i have made a backup of my files and documents,


i have a new hard drive that i will install xp onto, then load my backup onto it,


my problem is, i dont have the install cds for all the programs i use on the old hard drive, most importantly microsoft office package,


is there a way to transfer the programs over also?


i guess what im asking is.....is there a way to copy the entire contents of the drive to a new drive?.....including programs?



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 07:26 PM

Is the PC running well enough to run an entire system backup? Technically, you could clone your failing drive straight to the new drive, if the failing one is running well enough to complete the task. If you are right about the drive beginning to fail (not yet failed), that should solve your problems.

Otherwise, if OS corruption turns out to be the problem, you can simply troubleshoot your problems using the traditional methodologies once it is on the new drive...

Here is some info on imaging and cloning:


In your spot, I think this is the only option you have with regards to your programs. You have already backed up your files, which is great.

Edited by UpgradeMe, 27 January 2015 - 07:31 PM.

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